Paul Siker, the Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates District 33 seat, accused his opponent, Del. Dave LaRock, of seeking to divide the community and stoking fear with the release a recent campaign mailer.
An image of the envelope was shared online and included a message in the delivery address section stating “they’ll rip up your Bible … they’ll burn your flag … they’ll even turn your children and grandchildren against you.”
A recipient of the mailer, who asked that they not be identified, said the mailing address — cut out of the photo — was below the text. Additionally, the recipient shared with the Times-Mirror LaRock’s campaign documents included in the envelope and the full envelope cover.
LaRock, who is seeking a fifth term in the Virginia House of Delegates, did not respond to multiple requests for comment seeking verification that the materials were distributed by his campaign.
Siker said he believes the envelope was from his opponent’s campaign. He said after LaRock’s eight years in office, Siker said people need to make a decision fundamentally about whether he’s been an effective legislator and professional when representing the district.
“This is completely illustrative of exactly why I jumped into this race because Dave LaRock does not attempt to build a community, he works to divide a community and that’s not what we need,” Siker said.
“For me and the many people that I talked to, he hasn’t,” he said. “It reminds me of that old definition of ‘insanity,’ which is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. And I think that in the case of Dave LaRock, we’ve seen the playbook — we’ve seen it multiple times. It’s old, it’s stale and it’s time for a change.”
Objections from Board of Supervisors chair
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) said she supports Siker in his campaign to ouster LaRock after a photo of her was used without her permission in one LaRock’s newsletters and advertisements.
LaRock said her remarks are “absurd” and shows the “length that she’s willing to go to try to discredit me after she’s praised me for being an effective legislator.”
He directed the Times-Mirror to a May 14 letter signed by Randall, in which LaRock said Randall was “praising my work” and “I hope to work with you in the future.”
LaRock was thanked for his support over a number of years, which ended with two bills focused on oversight of the Dulles Greenway passing during the 2021 General Assembly Special Session. Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D-Sterling) and Randall signed the letter, which stated the legislation will “improve the quality of life for commuters across our region” and that the board is “grateful for your efforts on behalf of Loudoun residents and look forward to working with you in the future.”
“Chair Randall is the one that’s lying there,” LaRock said.
“She’s pretending there’s no reason for me to use quotes that were sent to me in a letter on county letterhead, praising my work and saying, ‘I hope to work with you in the future,’” he said.
Randall said any policy issue is immaterial to the campaign literature issue and disagrees with LaRock’s assertion that she is lying.
She also added that her image has been used in LaRock’s mailings and social media advertisements without her permission.
“To be clear, I find LaRock to be dishonest, discredited, disingenuous, disgusting & really creepy,” Randall tweeted.
“I can’t stop him from using my picture & indicating I support him, but to be clear I support @PaulSiker,” she said in a post on Twitter.
In 2019, LaRock defeated Mavis Taintor (D) by 14 percentage points to earn his fourth term. The 33rd District includes parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties.